Jesus Christ Superstar Opens at Timber Lake Playhouse July 15

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July 09, 2021
Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, continues its 60th Anniversary Season with the Andrew Lloyd Webber spectacle, Jesus Christ Superstar.  Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It started as a rock opera concept album musical before making its Broadway on-stage debut in 1971. 
“Because JC Superstar began as a concept album, the writers never thought it would be staged,” said Paul Stancato, TLP Artistic Director and director of Superstar. “Because of this, there is room for a director to interpret it in different ways”
Jesus Christ Superstar tells the last seven days of Jesus’s life as told by apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Told through the eyes of Judas, this completely-sung-through score originally began as a concept album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that changed the face of musical theatre when it was released in 1970. It made its Broadway debut in 1971 and was performed live on network television in 2018, starring John Legend as Jesus.
Stancato brings a brand new, never-before-seen concept to this powerful musical. "The TLP production will be my first time directing this show, so in many ways, it’s a dream come true for me,” said Stancato. The show features Caleb Mathura as Jesus, Roy Brown as Judas, and Nissi Shalome as Mary Magdeline.
“We are all very excited to have renegotiated our contract with the Actors Equity Association,” said TLP Executive Director, Dan Danielowski. “Our fully vaccinated patrons will be “mask optional” in the theatre.”  According to Danielowski, TLP will also have the inside bar open, food will once again be allowed in the theatre and the social distancing seating restriction will be lifted.
Special events during Jesus Christ Superstar will include the Page to Stage Talkback after the July 16 performance, Company Cabaret on the Lake Stage after the July 17 performance and the Deck Bar will be open for food, drink and entertainment before each weekend show.
Tickets for TLP’s 14th Annual GALA are available online or through the box office. This year’s theme celebrates TLP’s 60th Diamond Anniversary.
Don’t miss all the exciting events at Timber Lake this summer.  For more information, visit the TLP website at or call the Box Office at (815) 244-2035.  The box office is open from 10:00 – 5:00 and until intermission on show days.

PHOTO CUT LINE: Rehearsing for the Timber Lake Playhouse production of Jesus Christ Superstar is (front left to right) Nissi Shalome (Mary Magdalene) and Caleb Mathura (Jesus). Looking on is Darren Mangler (Pilate), Roy Brown (Judas Iscariot) and Jack Hale (Peter). The production opens July 15. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (815) 244-2035 or online at

Dan Danielowski, Executive Director, (815) 244-2048